Generally speaking, the healthier your body, the healthier your baby will be. And, the faster you’ll recover post-birth. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnancy complications in the United States have risen in recent years.
The CDC reports a growing percentage of expecting moms are experiencing hypertensive disorders, postpartum hemorrhages, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolisms. Coupled with the fact that the CDC reports birthrates are at a 32-year historic low, now more than ever is it important to focus on how to help you and your baby thrive naturally.
But what does a natural and healthy pregnancy look like? Do you, as an expecting mom, have any control? And, are there any services out there that can help?
In the following posts, we’ll explore some of the most common pregnancy health concerns and natural ways to treat them. These articles should not be used as a diagnosis or treatment plan. Rather, they’ve been drafted to help you gain helpful insight. In the event you have any medical concerns, it’s strongly recommended that you contact your medical provider immediately.
During pregnancy, your body’s blood volume increases anywhere from 30-50% in order to adequately supply your growing baby. Unfortunately, this rapid increase in blood can also put your body at risk for anemia — a state during which your body is iron deficient.
This can cause a multitude of symptoms for you including extreme fatigue, chest pain, and rapid heartbeat. For your baby, it can contribute to preterm birth, low birth weight, the need for a blood transfusion, and more.
Luckily, there are a few natural ways to treat iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy. These include taking prenatal vitamins and IV injections.
As your body grows and changes during pregnancy, it can be hard to have the energy or stamina to stay physically active. But physical activity during pregnancy can significantly improve the health of both mom and baby — making for an easier birth and stronger recovery.
From making low-impact workouts like walking a priority to finding ways to satisfy cravings without over-indulging, staying healthy and fit during your pregnancy can actually be a lot more for and tasty than it sounds.
Pregnancy heartburn is extremely common, thanks to the fact that all of your organs are being squished by your growing baby. It can also be extremely painful.
Typically, heartburn is treated with pills and medications — many of which you probably don’t want to expose your baby to. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to naturally treat and prevent heartburn which can help you keep this uncomfortable condition under control.
Roughly 80% of expecting moms experience some form of morning sickness during their first trimester. Morning sickness can range from occasional queasiness to severe with regular bouts of vomiting.
While the exact cause of morning sickness has not been determined, moms and doctors throughout history have found ways to help naturally treat the symptoms. Common recommendations include eating smaller meals frequently, eating first thing in the morning and ginger.
Can Tru Health Help Make My Pregnancy Easier?
Our naturopathic doctors can partner with your medical team to provide supplemental support throughout your pregnancy. This can range from fortifying IV drips and health-boosting vitamin injections to medically supervised nutritional plans and holistic cold and flu treatment.
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